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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution (APSB18-21)

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:

2018-078

DATE(S) ISSUED:

07/10/2018

OVERVIEW:

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Adobe Acrobat and Reader allow a user to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker executing arbitrary code in the context of the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with this application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

There are no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Adobe Acrobat DC (Continuous Track) for Windows and Macintosh versions 2018.011.20040 and earlier
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (Continuous Track) for Windows and Macintosh versions 2018.011.20040 and earlier
  • Adobe Acrobat 2017 (Classic 2017 Track) for Windows and Macintosh versions 2017.011.30080 and earlier
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017 (Classic 2017 Track) for Windows and Macintosh versions 2017.011.30080 and earlier
  • Adobe Acrobat DC (Classic 2015 Track) for Windows and Macintosh versions 2015.006.30418 and earlier
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (Classic 2015 Track) for Windows and Macintosh versions 2015.006.30418 and earlier

RISK:

Government:
  • Large and medium government entities: HIGH
  • Small government entities: MEDIUM
Businesses:
  • Large and medium business entities: HIGH
  • Small business entities: MEDIUM
Home Users:
LOW

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. The vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • One double free vulnerability that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-12782)
  • Fourteen heap overflow vulnerabilities that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-5015, CVE-2018-5028, CVE-2018-5032, CVE-2018-5036, CVE-2018-5038, CVE-2018-5040, CVE-2018-5041, CVE-2018-5045, CVE-2018-5052, CVE-2018-5058, CVE-2018-5067, CVE-2018-12785, CVE-2018-12788, CVE-2018-12798)
  • Thirteen use-after-free vulnerabilities that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-5009, CVE-2018-5011, CVE-2018-5065, CVE-2018-12756, CVE-2018-12770, CVE-2018-12772, CVE-2018-12773, CVE-2018-12776, CVE-2018-12783, CVE-2018-12791, CVE-2018-12792, CVE-2018-12796, CVE-2018-12797)
  • Thirteen out-of-bounds write vulnerabilities that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-5020, CVE-2018-5021, CVE-2018-5042, CVE-2018-5059, CVE-2018-5064, CVE-2018-5069, CVE-2018-5070, CVE-2018-12754, CVE-2018-12755, CVE-2018-12758, CVE-2018-12760, CVE-2018-12771, CVE-2018-12787)
  • One security bypass vulnerability that could allow for privilege escalation (CVE-2018-12802)
  • Fifty-three out-of-bounds read vulnerabilities that could allow for information disclosure (CVE-2018-5010, CVE-2018-12803, CVE-2018-5014, CVE-2018-5016, CVE-2018-5017, CVE-2018-5018, CVE-2018-5019, CVE-2018-5022, CVE-2018-5023, CVE-2018-5024, CVE-2018-5025, CVE-2018-5026, CVE-2018-5027, CVE-2018-5029, CVE-2018-5031, CVE-2018-5033, CVE-2018-5035, CVE-2018-5039, CVE-2018-5044, CVE-2018-5046, CVE-2018-5047, CVE-2018-5048, CVE-2018-5049, CVE-2018-5050, CVE-2018-5051, CVE-2018-5053, CVE-2018-5054, CVE-2018-5055, CVE-2018-5056, CVE-2018-5060, CVE-2018-5061, CVE-2018-5062, CVE-2018-5063, CVE-2018-5066, CVE-2018-5068, CVE-2018-12757, CVE-2018-12761, CVE-2018-12762, CVE-2018-12763, CVE-2018-12764, CVE-2018-12765, CVE-2018-12766, CVE-2018-12767, CVE-2018-12768, CVE-2018-12774, CVE-2018-12777, CVE-2018-12779, CVE-2018-12780, CVE-2018-12781, CVE-2018-12786, CVE-2018-12789, CVE-2018-12790, CVE-2018-12795)
  • Three type confusion vulnerabilities that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-5057, CVE-2018-12793, CVE-2018-12794)
  • Two untrusted pointer dereferences that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-5012, CVE-2018-5030)
  • Four buffer error vulnerabilities that could allow for arbitrary code execution (CVE-2018-5034, CVE-2018-5037, CVE-2018-5043, CVE-2018-12784)

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker executing arbitrary code in the context of the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with this application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

RECOMENDATIONS:

We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Install the updates provided by Adobe immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.

REFERENCES:

CVE:
https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5009 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5010 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5011 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5012 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5014 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5015 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5016 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5017 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5018 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5019 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5020 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5021 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5022 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5023 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5024 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5025 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5026 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5027 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5028 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5029 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5030 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5031 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5032 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5033 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5034 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5035 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5036 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5037 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5038 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5039 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5040 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5041 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5042 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5043 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5044 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5045 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5046 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5047 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5048 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5049 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5050 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5051 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5052 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5053 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5054 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5055 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5056 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5057 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5058 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5059 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5060 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5061 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5062 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5063 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5064 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5065 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5066 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5067 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5068 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5069 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-5070 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12754 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12755 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12756 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12757 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12758 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12760 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12761 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12762 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12763 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12764 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12765 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12766 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12767 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12768 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12770 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12771 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12772 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12773 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12774 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12776 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12777 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12779 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12780 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12781 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12782 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12783 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12784 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12785 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12786 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12787 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12788 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12789 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12790 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12791 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12792 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12793 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12794 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12795 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12796 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12797 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12798 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12802 https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-CVE-2018-12803

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